Brewed by Dubuisson
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Pipaix, Belgium


on tap

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RATINGS: 1263   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.65/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 360   ABV: 12%
This is a sweet beer with a pleasant flavour of hops. Indeed, for Bush de Noel, the brewer uses a traditional process which consists in placing hops flowers in the vats where the beer rests for four to six weeks by which time it will have reached full maturity, giving it a very distinctive taste. In the U.S the label generally reads Scaldis Noel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DJMonarch (9179) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - MAR 7, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 24, 2010 Bottle at the Borough Arms, Crewe 20/05/2005 Amber coloured with some alcohol present. Very sweet on the palate. Slightly dry lasting malt finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheEnemy (564) - Chicago, USA - MAR 4, 2006
750ml bottle.
Pours a chunky cloudy auburn with clumps of yeasty sediment settling at the bottom of the glass like a layer of sand. The pour forms a great big fluffy pillowy white head that literally never goes away and leaves a clumpy layer of lacing on the sides of the glass. Nutty, yeasty aroma is supported by clean sweet malt and a subdued hop spice. The hop spice is decidedly less subdued in the flavor where it headlines, followed by nutty yeast, tingly hop bitterness, more nutty yeast, sugary malt and warm, comforting alcohol. Medium-thick mouthfeel and bubbly palate. What else to say? A Belgian classic.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sregnar35 (1030) - Rotterdam, New York, USA - FEB 27, 2006
Pours orange with a creamy white head, sticking as you drink. Aroma is yeast and fruit, apricots maybe. Flavor is very biting alcohol, too much actually, a bit peppery as well. I enjoy this beer, but the alcohol has too much influence on the flavor.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
harrisoni (17278) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - FEB 27, 2006
On tap at The Kulminator, Antwerp. Bit soapy. Deep reddy/brown colour, very bright. Lasting beige head. Slightly spicey as you would expect from a Xmas beer. Good graininess in mouth. Finish has spice hop mix. Rich malts throughout. Some rubber.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
MrManning (2009) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 17, 2006
Big thanks to BeerandBlues2 for the bottle! Bush de Noel is not a beer for the beginner. Itís big, full bodied, and scary. But in a good way. Itís dark copper may disuade some who say "I donít like dark beers". The thin receding head may sway some away who say " I like a big head on my beer". The musty, dank, basement aroma, mixed with old prunes, raisins, and heavy malt, might petrify the newcommer. Itís alcoholic prune flavours, mixed with butterscotch, maple, and floral hops might scare even the purest of heart. But here it is, in its purest form. A belgian strong ale for the avid beer fan. It lets you know the alcohol is there, and itís not afraid to. Warming is the least one would say. Strong, in one of the best ways. A solid BSA. Thanks Brad!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
haf (531) - Gijon, SPAIN - FEB 13, 2006
Muy buena cerveza de navidad de las mejores que he tomado. De altisima gradacion. Con agradable sabor y un bonito color tostado.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Storm (2684) - Amager, DENMARK - FEB 13, 2006
75 cl bottle. (This one said 13 % Alcohol) Cloudy amber colour with a large fizzy head. Aroma of anis, candy, alcohol and maltness. Nice flavour of sugar, spice, sweetness and ends up with a warm feeling from the alcohol. A very nice christmas beer strong, tasty and well-balance with sweetness and spice, nearly no bitterness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BigBastard (668) - L.A., California, USA - FEB 10, 2006
Thick and sweet, syrupy. You canít taste the ABV, but it sure warms you up. Lots of brown sugar, caramel and over ripe fruit. Good stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bmanning (142) - Holly Springs, North Carolina, USA - FEB 4, 2006
Pours a hazy dark amber with a thin tan head. Very sweet, yeasty aroma with hints of apple, cranberry, pear, molasses, butterscotch, raisin, and spice. The taste is wonderful. It has a large and sticky malt presence, with an unusual but very good hops taste and christmas spices. The beer is initialy sweet and tart with a lot of dark fruit presence, and it finishes slightly bitter with a warming alcohol burn down the throat. This complex brew also has an oaky flavor with notes of caramel, brown sugar, and pumpernickel bread. This is a huge full-bodied beer. Itís very thick with an excellent mouthfeel. Perfect winter beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GG (2332) - NorCal, California, USA - FEB 2, 2006
As I sit at the computer, looking at this beer in my Chimay goblet I think that this might just be a near perfect drink for a cold winter evening, right around Christmas time. First off, the pour has a HUGE head that gives off notes of spice, some raisin, and some rum in there too. Mouthfeel is full-bodied, very strong and it lets you know that thereís 12% ABV in it with gusto. Flavor is very tasty with a whisky quality to it that goes with a slow burn going down. Somewhat sweet, very malty, and hops on the back end going down. Outstanding beer IMO.

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